Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery adds Bill and Melinda Gates portrait

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery is installing a portrait of Bill and Melinda Gates that the Washington museum commissioned for its collection.

The painting by Jon Friedman will go on view Tuesday in the "Recent Acquisitions" section of the museum.

The Microsoft founder and his wife created the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 with a focus on health, international development and education. Gallery Director Martin Sullivan says the portrait tells the story of the Gates foundation's work.

In a written statement, the couple says it's an honor to have their portrait and their foundation's work included in the gallery.

The gallery commissions portraits of individuals who have made a significant impact on U.S. culture. Most recently, it installed a commissioned portrait of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

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